SETI At-Home was a big hit a number of years ago – download this little application and while you aren’t using your computer, SETI is busy looking for life in the universe in radio signals. Cool.

Search For Extra-Terrestrial Radio Signals: Probably the best known distributed computing system project, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has the goal of detecting intelligent life outside Earth. One approach to finding this is by using radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Narrow-bandwidth signals are not known to occur naturally, so if these were detected, they would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology. This project digitally analyzes the data from radio telescope signals searching for the narrow-bandwidth radio signals.

Here are nine more projects that are working the same idea. All are new to me. I have no idea what these mean but they seem important and interesting.

from 10 Ways Your Computer Can Help Science For Free
* Climate Prediction – aims to forecast what climate changes will occur in the future.
* Einstein Project – detecting gravitational waves which are the ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
* EON Project – calculation of the time evolution of an atomic scale system.
* Evolutionary Research – test evolution models
* Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – simulate particle travel in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) new particle accelerator
* Leiden Classical – study general classical dynamics.
* Nano Hive – accurately simulate nanosystems too large to be calculated via normal means
* Quantum Monte Carlo – perform massively parallel calculations which will help both Quantum Theory and Quantum Chemistry.
* uFluids – determine two-phase fluid behavior in microgravity and microfluidics problems.
* Muon1 Distributed Particle Accelerator Design – simulate and design parts of a particle accelerator.